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Hector Faubel takes first pole of his 125cc return at Aragon

hector faubel Aspar Aprilia Aragon Grand Prix 125cc 2011

Hector Faubel upstaged the 125cc title contenders to take his first pole position of the season at Aragon.

The 2007 125cc runner-up was brought back to the series by Aspar this year after three underwhelming seasons in 250cc/Moto2, and today's pole marks the first time he has topped qualifying since the '07 Sepang 125cc race.

Faubel did not look like a pole contender going into the closing stages as his points-leading team-mate Nico Terol and Blusens rider Maverick Vinales fought it out.

But in the closing moments Faubel came through with a 1m59.222s to deny Vinales a fourth pole of his rookie season by just 0.009 seconds.

Terol completes an all-Spanish front row, ahead of his title rival Johann Zarco (Ajo Derbi).

Danny Kent (Ajo Aprilia) and Luis Salom (RW Aprilia) join Zarco on row two.

Vinales' new team-mate Josep Rodriguez, replacing the Moto2-bound Sergio Gadea, was in the top 10 for a long while before slipping to 12th in the end. The Spanish championship frontrunner is making his fifth 125cc start after a handful of wildcard appearances.

Pos  Rider                Team/Bike           Time       Gap
 1.  Hector Faubel        Aspar Aprilia       1m59.222s
 2.  Maverick Vinales     Blusens Aprilia     1m59.231s  + 0.009s
 3.  Nicolas Terol        Aspar Aprilia       1m59.365s  + 0.143s
 4.  Johann Zarco         Ajo Derbi           1m59.598s  + 0.376s
 5.  Danny Kent           Ajo Aprilia         1m59.814s  + 0.592s
 6.  Luis Salom           RW Aprilia          1m59.902s  + 0.680s
 7.  Sandro Cortese       Germany Aprilia     2m00.011s  + 0.789s
 8.  Alberto Moncayo      Andalucia Aprilia   2m00.316s  + 1.094s
 9.  Efren Vazquez        Ajo Derbi           2m00.432s  + 1.210s
10.  Jonas Folger         Ajo Aprilia         2m00.447s  + 1.225s
11.  Adrian Martin        Aspar Aprilia       2m00.697s  + 1.475s
12.  Josep Rodriguez      Blusens Aprilia     2m00.720s  + 1.498s
13.  Louis Rossi          Matteoni Aprilia    2m00.786s  + 1.564s
14.  Jakub Kornfeil       Ongetta Aprilia     2m00.845s  + 1.623s
15.  Marcel Schrotter     Mahindra            2m00.853s  + 1.631s
16.  Miguel Oliveira      Andalucia Aprilia   2m01.118s  + 1.896s
17.  Jasper Iwema         Ongetta Aprilia     2m01.492s  + 2.270s
18.  Niklas Ajo           TT Motion Aprilia   2m01.504s  + 2.282s
19.  Luigi Morciano       Italia FMI Aprilia  2m02.064s  + 2.842s
20.  Alexis Masbou        Caretta KTM         2m02.082s  + 2.860s
21.  Harry Stafford       Ongetta Aprilia     2m02.119s  + 2.897s
22.  Alessandro Tonucci   Italia FMI Aprilia  2m02.375s  + 3.153s
23.  Danny Webb           Mahindra            2m02.400s  + 3.178s
24.  Giulian Pedone       Phonica Aprilia     2m02.796s  + 3.574s
25.  Francesco Mauriello  WTR-Ten10 Aprilia   2m02.881s  + 3.659s
26.  Sturla Fagerhaug     WTR-Ten10 Aprilia   2m02.963s  + 3.741s
27.  Manuel Tatasciore    Phonica Aprilia     2m03.153s  + 3.931s
28.  Taylor Mackenzie     Phonica Aprilia     2m03.284s  + 4.062s
29.  Joan Perello         Matteoni Aprilia    2m04.010s  + 4.788s
30.  Kevin Hanus          Hanusch Honda       2m04.653s  + 5.431s
31.  Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ajo Derbi           2m04.654s  + 5.432s
32.  Pedro Rodriguez      DVJ Aprilia         2m04.886s  + 5.664s
33.  Damien Raemy         Caretta KTM         2m04.926s  + 5.704s
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